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Coleman Sheds Craig Contributions While Lott Resists Resignation Call

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) has become the first lawmaker to announce that he is not keeping a political donation from embattled Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho).

Hours after calling for Craig's resignation, Coleman's Senate campaign told Capitol Briefing that it would likely turn over a $2,500 donation from Craig's political action committee to a local charity.

"We are not going to keep it," Cullen Sheehan, Coleman's campaign spokesman, said in a telephone interview.

The donation to Coleman, from Craig's Alliance for the West PAC, came just two weeks after Craig's June 11 arrest in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport men's restroom, resulting in a guilty plea for disorderly conduct involving an undercover police officer working a lewd-conduct sting.

The $2,500 to Coleman was one of four checks that Craig cut on June 26 to Republican incumbents who are facing potentially difficult re-elections in 2008. Craig said yesterday he would decide next month whether to seek a fourth six-year term in 2008.

In addition to Coleman, Alliance for the West sent $2,500 checks to the campaigns of Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and John Sununu (R-N.H.)

In an interview with a talk radio station in northern Minnesota earlier today, Coleman also became the first senator to call for Craig's resignation. Later in the day, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also called for Craig's resignation during an interview CNN. Craig's senior committee posts have also been yanked away from him as the Ethics Committee prepares an investigation into the guilty plea.

Coleman's office put out a statement explaining his call for Craig's resignation, citing the chamber's loosely defined term for conduct that - while not specifically outlawed under the rules - simply reflects poorly on the Senate.

"Senator Craig pled guilty to a crime involving conduct unbecoming a senator. He should resign," Coleman said.

Capitol Briefing has not heard back from the other senators who received Craig's campaign contributions to determine if they will keep his cash.

At this point, the closest thing Craig has to a public defender is Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), the minority whip who himself endured a scandal in December 2002 that ended with him giving up his post as Republican leader because of intemperate remarks at the late Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party. Lott hung on during that period for more than two weeks, and one of his staunchest defenders was Craig, who had served for more than six years in the GOP leadership with Lott.

Lott has signed on to the leadership statements calling for the ethics investigation and the removal of Craig's senior committee status. But in interviews with Fox News and Bloomberg TV, he stopped short of calling for Craig's resignation. "I'm not ready to call for that," he told Fox News.

Here's the transcript of Lott's interview with Bloomberg:

Bloomberg: Do you think Sen., Craig should step down?

Lott: I think we have done so far what's appropriate. I don't [think] we know all of
the details. I saw Senator Craig yesterday say that he had not done
anything wrong and that he shouldn't have pleaded guilty to resisting
arrest. The leadership team has already called on this matter to be sent to
the Ethic s Committee to clear up what has actually occurred. And also
today we did ask that he step aside from his ranking committee positions
while this is being resolved. And I think based on what we know now that
is appropriate. It's s very unfortunate situation, very sad and very
serious. And I think we had to pay very close attention to it as we work
on finding out what really went on."

Bloomberg: And sir you do expect Sen. Craig to be back in Congress, in the
Senate, when you all return next week?

Lott: I really don't know what to expect. Only he and his family and
friends, close friends, could answer that at this point, I expect he'll be
back based on what he said yesterday but I don't know."

Bloomberg: The Larry Craig described the last two days -- is that the Larry Craig
you came to know in the Senate for so many years?

Lott: Well he's been a very aggressive legislator, he's been active in
working for the state of Idaho, he has been a friend.
And so I am shocked and I am disappointed at you know, this turn of
events ... but I also have learned the hard way that before you jump to
conclusions or call on people to do one thing or another, at least know all
of the facts and you know take advantage of an opportunity to hear what,
you know, really happened.

By Paul Kane  |  August 29, 2007; 6:15 PM ET
 
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Two weeks after his arrest in Minnesota Craig sends a $2,500 PAC check to Sen. Coleman.... but, looks like that didn't produce any better results than showing his Senate card to the police when he was arrested.

It's time for Craig to spend more time with his family.

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | August 29, 2007 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm not defending Craig, but Coleman's comment that Craig is guilty of "conduct unbecoming a senator" has got to be the dumbest remark of the summer. Has Coleman looked around at his colleagues in that body of past and present?

Posted by: Idaho Voter | August 30, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Idaho voter.... Do you think Craig will resign? The gov didn't ask him to hang in there yesterday. If he does resign, is it up to the gov to replace him?... and, who would be a likely choice if so?

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | August 30, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Once again, the personal actions of members of the United State Senate - notably Republican Senators - continue to undermine traditional marriage more than any gay marriage law ever could.

Posted by: Chester West | August 30, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Chester West, Amen to that.

Posted by: Truth Huner | August 30, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

If we want to address "conduct unbecoming of a Senator" then there's a slew of them this applies to. Every one of these people who were afraid to risk their political capital during an election year by not saying no to Bush sending us to Iraq has resulted in a quagmire of senseless death and misery. Clinton and Craig were exposed for sex scandals--and sex is not about blue or red. Look up the list of these Senators who voted FOR the war resolution, blue and red alike. Sending people to die or return home emotionally and mentally dead because it's an election year is what's truly scandalous, conduct unbecoming of a Senator. And we voted them back. Tsk. Tsk.

Posted by: tizwaz | August 30, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Truth, the Constitution says:

"They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place."

Now if the "lewd conduct" ordinance in Minneapolis is not a breach of the peace ordinance [I think it may be; a local crim. lawyer should speak to that] a smart Senator on his way to a roll call vote would have had an attorney walk him out of there in time to make his plane and with no charges against him. So I am guessing that this Senator had not read the Constitution recently, and should quit for being a dumb*ss, if for no other reason.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | August 30, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

tizwaz, True, the election system we have gives us legislators who have sold out in many ways... not all of them, but too many of them.

Voting for the plunge into this unwinnable morass in Iraq was the worst sell-out of our national values and morality ever.

I'm disheartened that our nation has become a nation in fear, thanks to the constant beating of the drums by this administration... and that fear has led our citizens to accept things they normally would abhor.

If only our next leader could be someone who would step forward with the courage to do what is right and honorable, and thus inspire courage. But it seems those people don't make it to the MSM's "top tier." Sad.

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | August 30, 2007 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Hello Mark in Austin, As I understand it, Craig didn't file his guilty plea until a month after the arrest.... plenty of time to get counsel, confide in his wife, etc.

It wasn't a spur-of-the-moment panic decision as he is trying to lead the public to believe.

As has been proven time and again, it's the coverup, not the crime, that leads to the most trouble.... as you say, just plain stupid.

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | August 30, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Historians just as promptly noted that the President's reading of what happened in Vietnam and Indochina after the U.S. withdrew begged a number of questions. Prime among them was whether the U.S. entry into Vietnam and Cambodia had more to do with the slaughter of millions during the war and after than its exodus did. And more to do with the deaths of 58,249 American troops before the withdrawal.

It also reminded everyone that the president himself arranged to spend his time safely at home in the Texas Air National Guard, and his Vice President Dick Cheney took five deferments to dodge any service at all, while 3 million other Americans took their turns fighting that war.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse


When it comes to scandal, Democrats could be forgiven for thinking they hit the political jackpot this summer. At Republican expense.

First came the disclosure that Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's telephone number was listed in the records of an 'escort' service.

Then Sen. Ted Stevens' home in Alaska was raided by federal agents as part of a corruption investigation.

Now Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho is recanting a guilty plea that grew out of a police undercover operation in an airport men's room, adding, "I am not gay" for emphasis.

"This is a serious matter," said the Senate Republican leadership, an understatement for the ages.

No doubt, none of this has been good for what some Republicans like to call "the brand."

Craig "represents the Republican Party," Rep. Pete Hoekstra said on Wednesday, a frank acknowledgment that the party may suffer, regardless of the Idaho senator's political fate.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON -- In a sign that top commanders are divided over what course to pursue in Iraq, the Pentagon said Wednesday that it won't make a single, unified recommendation to President Bush during next month's strategy assessment, but instead will allow top commanders to make individual presentations.

"Consensus is not the goal of the process," Geoff Morrell, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. "If there are differences, the president will hear them."

Military analysts called the move unusual for an institution that ordinarily does not air its differences in public, especially while its troops are deployed in combat.

"The professional military guys are going to the non-professional military guys and saying 'Resolve this,'" said Jeffrey White, a military analyst for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "That's what it sounds like."

White said it suggests that the military commanders want to be able to distance themselves from Iraq strategy by making it clear that whatever course is followed is the president's decision, not what commanders agreed on.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/19356.html

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

If it weren't for bad news, George W. Bush wouldn't have any news at all.

Let us count the ways that this lamest of lame-duck Presidents has been hammered in recent days.

Two of his closest Texas buddies have jumped ship. First, the man known as Bush's Brain, his political spinmeister Karl Rove, announced that he was gone. Then his legal mouthpiece, the forgetful Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, joined the exodus.

The President's friend Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki took umbrage at Bush's remarks in Canada criticizing the Iraqi government's failure to meet any of the benchmarks laid down by Washington, responding that Iraq had "other friends" it can fall back on. Presumably, Maliki's buddy list starts with Iran. A day later, Bush rowed way back, telling the National VFW convention that Maliki was his "good friend" and had his full support.

In the same speech, the president hauled out, of all things, the lessons of the war in Vietnam and the consequences of the American withdrawal from that long, bitter and divisive conflict as a reason to stay the course to victory in Iraq. Internet wags immediately noted that "Bush at least had a plan to get out of Vietnam" while he has none for getting out of Iraq.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Of course the SHEEP in Idaho will elect yet another Republican to replaced this disgraced Senator. Would someone please explain to me again why people think Republicans have superior moral values? How many more Family Values Republicans like Vitter, Foley and Cunningham will we have to deal with until people realize what a bunch of hypocrits Republicans are. At least we won't have to listen to holier than thou Republicans waving their bibles in our faces for a while.

Posted by: Had Enough in Texas | August 30, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

There's opportunity here if we look down the road apiece. Perhaps it is possible to elect a Democrat in this so-called "strong Red state." Think about it, they've been represented by a gay man for a quater of century now, so maybe they'll be more comfortable with an "out" Dem. If we're smart we'll urge the DNC to pour a ton of money into the Red state that's starting to look a lot more lavender.

The folks back in home in ID are only looking for "character".
http://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/story/145499.html

Posted by: tizwaz | August 30, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely,
Shameless Rebublicans.
Moralising, holier than thou hypocrites Stooping to unprecedented lows to retain power.
Religion: they use it fool people
Patriotism: they use it to bomb people
Family values?
Hypocrisy thy name is Republican.

Posted by: Rosa | August 30, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

U.S., acknowledging mistake, releases 8 Iranians, including two
with diplomatic passports, seized at a Baghdad hotel yesterday to Iraqi authorities. The Iranians from the Ministry of Electricity were working at the invitation of Iraqi authorities. "An adviser to the top U.S. general in Iraq called the detentions 'regrettable,'" according to the AP. "Iraqi Foreign Minister Hosyhar Zebari told the British Broadcasting Corp. the Iranians were released after Iraqi officials intervened and told the Americans they were part of an official delegation on a legal visit to discuss electricity cooperation."

Posted by: more blundering | August 30, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse


An African leader involved in organizations that have received millions of dollars from the president's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is leading a campaign to criminalize homosexuality in Uganda.

Posted by: the agenda | August 30, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Give back the money! Who knows where it's been. ew!

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 30, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Ann Coulter's remark about John Edwards was so totally off the mark....

The actual face of "Gay and in Denial".... is Larry Craig....

marked by a lifetime of hypocrisy, lies, personal and social repression, and mean spirited voting to diminish the human and legal rights of others --who may be openly gay, but --unlike Larry-- don't seek anonymous sex in a mens room....

A lifetime of Self loathing, and a perverted expression of his own gay sexuality....

The Repubs want to base it on "he plead guilty to a crime" -- and ignore --he was cruising for anonymous gay sex in a public restroom at a major airport....

To borrow a conservative talking point -- "Think of the Children" --in the restroom, who were unwillingly exposed to seeing this ugly old creep staring through the gaps in the doors of the stalls at the guys inside.... Nice.... Family Values strikes again....

Republicans are EVERYTHING they profess to hate, and Nothing at all like what the "Brand/ideological package" they continue to try to sell to the sheep.... less than human

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

To Truth Hunter:

I think it is likely that the Gov. of Idaho will appoint Jim Risch who is the lieutenant gov or Rep. Mike Simpson. Those are the two that have been rumored for a Senate run anyway.

Although- I hope they vote for LaRocca, the dem who ran Risch. Because Risch is another slimebucket.

Posted by: RachelM | August 30, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The Honorable Senator from I Da Ho has inspired me to create a new website celebrating the moral leadership of the Party of Jesus
http://larrycraigvideo.com/

Posted by: SteveLovesLarry | August 30, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Is Senator Coleman going to return the "Craig related" contributions he received for his 2002 campaign? It looks like he received $9,000 from Craig's Pac and a $1,000 DIRECT CONTRIBUTION from Craig. Well????

Posted by: NotSoFast | August 30, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't think resisting arrest reachs the level of conduct requiring Senator Craig to resign. This media circus cannot become another witch hunt.

Posted by: Bruce Moellenhoff | August 30, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Sen. Craig. Those straight young men who were unaware of how scumbags operate in public places now know what to look out for.

Posted by: June | August 30, 2007 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Those who complain that he was stupid for admitting "guilt" should realize that he admitted "guilt" for laws that go against general human freedoms. In this sense, he was showing really how liberal really he is, whether gay or not. Perhaps this is the REAL hypocracy. I am sorry I have to even comment on "news" like this, but I do live in a police state.

Posted by: after two beers | August 30, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Rachel M - Thanks. Sorry to hear that Risch may not be an improvement.

The Craig arrest audio that was released today is.... too much really. Tell me, what Senator, or anyone, would pick up paper from the floor of a public toilet.

His story is sad... hope he spares Idaho further embarrassment.

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | August 30, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

...and. if it was a setup, that doesnt say much for the opposition (not sure if its a party thing). Hope not.

Posted by: after two beers | August 30, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Final comment. Cant help myself.
This whole affair says more about a problem with this country, than with this poor senator from Idaho. Everyone focused on such a trivial stupid thing.

Please lets move on and be loving for real.

Posted by: after third beer | August 30, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I think this is a wake up call for Americans as to how much power police have been allowed to wield these type scenarios. When an officer accuses a citizen of such things, current law sees to it that the citizen has narily a leg to stand on, with the undercover officer taken at his word 100% of the time. Lack of evidence is irrelevant, citizens are usually convicted and given the modern day Salem witch equivalent label of 'sexual predator'.

We have only ourselves to blame. We have allowed law enforcement to run amok from prosecuting crimes having occured, to prosecuting crimes about to occur, to actually pre-empting the crimes themselves in order to meet financial quotas, as in this case. In the middle ages, Dukes of old would often employ gangs of bandits to harass traveling merchants to demand a 'tithe' to fatten up the royal coffers. It's no different than modern day police that hide on the side of a road with a radar gun to catch speeders to fill their treasury. The two are of the same coin, simply different eras in history.

I have no doubt of Craig's innocence, a victim of a corrupt law that demonizes and terrorizes citizens in the name of morality. This time, however, that system has picked on the wrong man, someone who decided to fight back against government injustice. Most things we hear about the case are likely true to some extent, but the interpretation from both sides will be so radically different that we may never uncover the truth, since its a he-said she-said affair. Still, we cannot ignore the amount of police power that now exists to have even allowed these wrongs to continue, it must come to an end. Such things smack of the tyranny that is North Korea, a country where entire families are imprisoned for someone simply looking the wrong way. Picking up your pen in the bathroom, or simply washing your hands the wrong way can get now you arrested in an American restroom. It is paranoia and madness, and it has to stop.

Not all citizes are as lucky as Craig, able to fight off such charges. The sheer injustice and weight of the system forces most to simply agree to them, and be forever slapped with the predator label, when they did nothing wrong. But I suppose at least our police departments will make their daily quotas in the end.

Posted by: Richard | August 31, 2007 12:39 AM | Report abuse

To: Richard

"I have no doubt of Craig's innocence, a victim of a corrupt law that demonizes and terrorizes citizens in the name of morality. This time, however, that system has picked on the wrong man, someone who decided to fight back against government injustice."

I just had to comment on this. While I agree completely in substance with what you say about the "corrupt law that demonizes and ...", I must point out to you that Larry Craig consistently voted for these laws as a member of the Senate. He is only a victim of a system that he advocated. Far from being some "who decided to fight back against government injustice," Larry Craig is someone who promulgated that injustice. In short, it is justice itself, rough justice.

What Larry Craig is guilty of is being a hypocritical SOB. Is that a misdemeanor or a felony?

Posted by: PJ White | August 31, 2007 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Here they are, in gayer days: The Singing Senators! Pictured from right, that's Jim Jeffords, John Ashcroft, Larry "Wide Stance" Craig and Trent Lott:
http://wonkette.com/politics/singing-senators

Many College Republicans also claim to be "Not Gay": http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/generation-chickenhawk-t_b_56676.html

Corndog's man in the can, Republi-can Senator Larry E. Craig truly represents the character of the Bush Republican party caucus. Give this Bushie a presidential medal of freedom! While the Singing Senators were playing with children, the Bushes protected Senator Mark Foley (Republican, Florida) and enjoyed a sausage tasting with Bush White House spiritual leader Pastor Ted Haggard at prayer breakfast. Even Senator Vitter (Republican - The State Formerly Containing New Orleans) followed Neil Bush's example of Bush Family values. Bushy Bob Allen (Republican, Florida) is not only another RPOF backroom insider, he is also another Florida Republican who did it like they do on the Discovery Channel and Bushie Republican Senator Larry E. Craig certainly fits tightly in Bush's loyal family. So now we know what made the Singing Senators sing!

"Let the eagle soar...

Posted by: Singing Senator | August 31, 2007 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | August 31, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry. I thought the concept of giving the money back was ethically correct in situations in which it's dirty money, from a corrupt politician. Or from Jack Abramoff.

In this case, it's an empty gesture that indicates the lack of a real functioning moral compass.

Posted by: RBS | August 31, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

REpublicans get thier guys with sex scandals to resign.
Democrats elect theirs, even perverts. Eg Clinton who put a cigar in a girl's vagina. Now, that's PERVERTED!!!

Posted by: John Abbott | August 31, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

What I'd like to know is *why* has this become a news item now, over two months later? Did Roll Call know about it for a long time but sat on it and if so why? Or did someone tell them about it very recently and if so who? And who benefits from the story? Why doesn't Wash Post get to the, er, bottom of this story behind the story? The media attention seems have shifted from a host of other negative stories about the Republicans.

I must say I am appalled (but not surprised) that yet again we are destroying someone's long public career for a private transgression.

Posted by: news-junkie | August 31, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"we are destroying someone's long public career for a private transgression."

Looking for anonymous gay sex in an airport bathroom is a private transgression? Let us know when you get back to the real world.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | August 31, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

What?! a republican that turns away money!, obviuosly, He saw Hilaries good deed. COPY CAT! Colemen is afraid of what Craige might be. Shame on you Colemen, your the disgrace for turning on someone that was always good to you. Being perfect must be easy for you. I'd hate to be your friend or family member. You polititions would eat your own if your thought it would drum up support.

Posted by: Vern | August 31, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Coleman Is a Disgrace to the Senate, and Everyone Knows He is Doing This Because He Is a Republican. Most republicans make it no secret that they are not fond of the gays, and will not stand for one sitting next to them. Come on you old farts the world is changing and you have to adapt. I Know Craige Was Not Found Guilty Of This Bathroom Stall Incident, But The Reason None Of These Republicans Are Supporting Him Is Because They Fear What He Might Be, And There Bathroom Breaks In The Senate Might Be Awkward When He's In The Stall Next To Them. A lot of this hate has to do with there religion. Spiritual beliefs can cloud Better Judgment. I am religious but I keep politics and religion separate. I wish other people would do this too. They make us all look uncaring and ignorant for people that are different then us. You should read B. Mandeville's book on political corruption. Its will make you reconsider who you vote for in the next election. If it does not, then you have no conscience. B.M's book makes you want to grab the person next to you and scream. Just read it and you will see what I mean. If you though M. Moore was intense, wait until you read his book, it is outrageous. The Republicans never embrace mistakes, and we all make them. This group of people (republicans) would sell you down the river and throw brick on you while you were floating down. A little forgiveness goes along way. None of us are perfect. I do not approve of Craiges actions at all, but come on peeps we all know that everyone makes mistakes. If we were all perfect, we would be gods. I do not know if he should resign or not, that is between him and his backers. It should not be up to a bunch of judgmental old farts who are obviously so perfect. Read BM's works and you will see that they are all big fakes who will say anything to get your vote.

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Posted by: datindhwi | September 1, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Trent Lott defending Mr. Craig and his behavior.... well, no surprise there really. I'm not quite sure Mr. Lott has had an original thought since the GOP regained control of the Congress back in 1998. Ever since then he's sort of been a "pimp" - if that's the right word - for the Republican agenda... right or wrong.

His reaction in this case makes me wonder if he's simply concerned with losing another Senate seat the the Dems or if he's really concerned over a possible lack of Due Process in Mr. Craig's case.

Yeah, right.

Posted by: Trent Lott to the rescue! | September 1, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I am appalled that police resources are being used for this purpose when video cams in restrooms will do just as well. Why do we need a live cop sitting trou down in a stall waiting for a proposition.

Secondly, SO WHAT is somebody proposes sex in a men's room? It's a free country and you are free to ask people if they want to have a sexual exchange. There is no constitutional right to not being offended after all.

This arrest, although I am unsympathetic hypocrites like Craig, is just another example of how homophobia is so acceptable in the USA.

I think the whole thing points to the immaturity of American society.

You want to stop restroom sex? Put stalls that have walls to the floors and regular doors. And how about an attendant that keeps the place clean.

And how about stop thinking that sex is the most important thing in life. Good food, good sleep and being kind to each other are the most important things in life.

Posted by: ParisMike | September 2, 2007 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Not wanting people to have sex in public bathrooms is NOT HOMOPHOBIA! We have a saying in this country..."Get a room!"

Video cams in restrooms?!? You're opposed to using an officer to stop crime but you want to have law enforcement always watching us pee? Some rent-a-cop with access to the footage starts the newest web site -"PooTube" and America's bathroom habits become internet fodder...

For the record, if Craig had wanted to contest these charges, fight the police tactics, or argue his innocence he had every opportunity before he chose to plead guilty.

Clearly, there are plenty of examples of homophobia and gay-bashing in this country, both by individuals and the government. But this wasn't Stonewall, folks. It was a creep invading the privacy of someone who didn't want the creep's attention. If you think thats ok, then it isn't American society that is immature, its you.

Posted by: Patrick Huss | September 2, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

C'mmon
We here in the UK have lieing thieving cheating poiticians and we don't do diddly squat about it. We allow them to get away with their misfunctions.
You have one poiliticion who has an alledged preference for male company and you want him hanging. Get a life. Whats he like as a politician? Has he taken 'bungs' No. He likes men thats all

Posted by: Geoff Manchester UK | September 2, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Larry Craig's retiring to Utica, NY, and plans to run for mayor there.

Posted by: P. Throckmorton Dunsley | September 2, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

We are pleased to announce that former Sen. Craig has been nominated to the Toyo Toilet Paper International Consultative Board.

Posted by: Soichiro Watanabe | September 2, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Rumors to the contrary, former Senator Craig has neither agreed to nor been approached about doing a centerfold in Gay Guy Magazine.

Posted by: Randy Palmerston | September 2, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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So, Craig get arrested in Minnesota, then gives money to Coleman (R-MN) - then a bridge collapses when Craig mails in his fine. Is this a conspiracy, or what?

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